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Sadamune
Remember: Sagami sword-making falls to the flames of Yoshisada's Seibatsu...
Kamakura burns -1333. Soshu style grows in new gardens. See "Ten Students"  See Nambokucho story





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SADAMUNE KEM-MU (t: MASAMUNE): From Omi (see Omi TAKAGI). Some say SADAMUNE 
returned to Omi during the troubles. It is safe to say, all smiths
found travel an inviting alternative forward of 1332.
SADAMUNE: HIKOSHIRO.
Born EI-NIN 6, 1298 and died SHO-HEI 4, 1349. Old writings
say KA-GEN 1303 to TEI-WA 1345 work span to find signed pieces. Today, people have
searched to find ZAIMEI-TO, real signed pieces, and of all swords found, not one is
said to be SHO-SHIN MEI. We see inscriptions of a KIKKO "Tortoise Shell" MON.
SADAMUNE DEN production proceeds from Late-KAMAKURA KA-REKI 1326 / GEN-TOKU 1329
through TEI-WA 1345. Today, it is felt that SADAMUNE DEN simply made MUMEI.
We see TACHI, TANTO and the KO-WAKIZASHI length, DAMBIRA for which SADAMUNE, and
his DEN, are famous.
First period; SUE-KAMAKURA KO-FURI TANTO.
NAMBOKUCHO style HIRA-TSUKURI, wide-bodied TANTO or elongated DAMBIRA, are many.
Remember: DAMBIRA = NAMBOKUCHO. SADAMUNE TANTO are elongated in the NAMBOKUCHO,
however, his version of NAMBOKU DAMBIRA is restrained. As the upper narrows slightly,
his is somewhat of a more gentle DAMBIRA SUGATA.
There are many NAMBOKU TACHI with wide MIHABA, shallow curve and O-KISSAKI.
He made ITAME HADA that shows MOKUME mixed within. HADA will be standing strongly.
There is CHIKEI.
KO-MIDARE to O-MIDARE HAMON forms that are NIE-DEKI in deep NIOI-FUKASHI. KINSUJI,
SUNAGASHI and TOBIYAKI are expected. Where MASAMUNE swords will have many YO, SADAMUNE
swords have occasional YO.
SADAMUNE special trait: His SUNAGASHI follows figures (which often follow HADA),
NOBUKUNI SUNAGASHI follows laminate lines and runs through GUNOME mounds,
parallel with the HA. This is the deciding point in KANTEI.
NIE and NIE HAKIKAKE BOSHI can be MIDARE with short turnback. O-MARU is seen.
HORIMONO of BONJI and SUKEN. UKIKEN (raised KEN) in a frame and KOSHI-HI, HI in the
waist, or double HI. BOHI and NIBI SUKEN balance a famous KATAKIRIBA.
FUNAGATA "Boat-Bottom" NAKAGO with KATTE SAGARI YASURI. SOSHU KENGYO JIRI or KURIJIRI.
MUMEI is the expected signature.










































Meibutsu Kikko Sadamune - Kokuho

Meibutsu Kikko Sadamune
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 4 Bu (71cm)
Sori: 8 Bu (2.4cm)
Moto-haba: 8 Bu 6 Rin (2.6cm)
Saki-haba: 6 Bu 2 Rin (1.9cm)
Moto-kasane: 2 Bu (0.6cm)
Kissaki-naga: 9 Bu (2.7cm)
Nakago: 5 Sun 8 Bu (17.6cm)
Slight Nakagozori


Shinogi-tsukuri, Ihori-mune, Late-Kamakura O-Suriage Tachi Sugata with deep Sori.
The Mihaba is somewhat narrow to Ko-Kissaki. Ni Suji-Hi Horimono runs the length.
Itame Hada has Ji-Nie and Chikei. Ji-Utsuri is developed.
Thick Ko-Nie Ko-Notare, gently undulating Midare Ba of Sunagashi and Kinsuji.
Midare-Komi Boshi to Ko-Maru.
O-Suriage Nakago, Kurijiri with one Mekugi-ana

Si
gned:

           Kikko inscription - Turtle-back Pattern

Family possession of the Tokugawa Ikusa-no-Kimi
















Meibutsu Habahiro Sadamune - Juyo Bunkazai

Meibutsu Habahiro Sadamune
Nagasa: 2 Shaku 3 Sun 2 Bu (70.45cm)
Sori: 6 Bu 5 Rin (1.97cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 1Bu (3.2cm)
Saki-haba: 8 Bu (2.6cm)
Kissaki-naga: 1 Sun 9 Bu (5.8cm)
Nakago: 6 Sun 4 Bu (19.4cm)
Very slight Nakagozori


Habahiro Sadamune Meibutsu of Maeda Hyakuman-Ishi family.

Listed in the Kyo-Ho Meibutsu of 1716. Always the highest value since Daimyo times.
Where Kikko Sadamune is Late-Kamakura Sugata, this Habahiro "Wide" Sadamune is a fully flowered Nambokucho Sugata with a Shinogi-wide Bo-Hi running the length.
There is much Ji-Nie and thickly-laid Chikei in the very strong Ji-tetsu.
Medium-width mounding Gunome Choji-Midare mix rises in the mid and upper before smoothing out in the Monouchi and Boshi area. Ashi and Yo recur repeatedly while splendid Sunagashi and Kinsuji cut through figures.
O-Suriage Nakago falls gracefully to Kengyo Jiri. Two Mekugi-ana.

Mei is absent




















Meibutsu Tokuzenin Sadamune
Kokuho


Meibutsu Tokuzenin Sadamune

Nagasa: 1 Shaku 1 Sun 6 Bu (35.3cm)
Sori: 2 Bu 3 Rin (0.7cm)
Moto-haba: 1 Sun 1 Bu (3.4cm)
Nakago: 3 Sun 1 Bu (9.4cm)
Slight Nakagozori


Part of the Kyo-Ho Meibutsu.

Elongated Hira-tsukuri Namboku-style Shoto.
Itame Hada has tastefully restrained Ji-Nie and Chikei.
Yubashiri dances with Tobi. A rolling Gunome-Midare Ba is defined with Ashi and Yo. Habuchi is generally tight. Tobi-yaki Monouchi reminds of Hiromitsu and Akihiro.
Ko-Notare Midare-Komi Boshi is Tsuki-age at the head. 

Suken from Rendai Lotus and Bonji. Gomabashi Ni Suji on Ura.

Tanago Nakago with two Mekugi-ana. Several mounts. Kengyo Jiri






















Meibutsu Ishida Sadamune
Juyo Bunkazai


Meibutsu Ishida Sadamune
Nagasa: 1 Shaku 3 Bu (31.2cm)
Sori: 1 Bu 5 Rin (0.45cm)
Moto-haba: 9 Bu (2.7cm)
Nakago: 3 Sun 1 Bu (9.5cm)
Gently swept N
akagozori

Sword of Ishida Kazushige of the Five Bugyo in support of Hideyori.

Wide bodied with elongated upper, Nambokucho style.
Itame Hada has thick JiNie and Chikei.
Deep Nioi-Fukashi and Nie has Kinsuji pulling the Ko-Gunome Ko-Midare line toward the Ha. Tobi-yaki dots the mid and upper.
Tsuki-age Boshi.
Horimono is Suken with Kuwagata "Helmet Antlers", Rendai and Bonji. Bonji and Ni-Suji Hi on Ura.
Tanago Nakago which is swept to a small Kurijiri that seems very subtly Kengyo.
Ubu, Two Mekugi-ana.



















Sadamune Dambira - Kokuho

Sadamune Dambira
Nagasa: 29.4cm
Very Slight Sori

A member of the Kyoho Meibutsu. It was Terasawa Hirotaka's. Installed at Karatsu in Hizen by Hideyoshi. It was given to Tokugawa Hidetada and then kept by the Ki branch.
Hira-tsukuri, Mitsu-mune Soshu Dambira Sugata with slightly elongated Saki. Suken and Tsume Claws Omote with Futatsu-Bi on Ura.
Ko-Itame hada has thick JiNIe and Chikei.
A smooth Aski-Notare line has a few Gunome nodules rising. In Ko-Nie and Nioi is Fukashi. There is Kinsuji and Inazuma.
Very gently Asaki-Notare finds a small Ko-Maru with a medium Kaeri.
Ubu, Kengyo with two Mekugi-ana. Mumei.

See Another Sadamune Tachi
See another Sadamune Tanto

Notes on KAMAKURA Styles
RAI: Refined and distinctive SUGUHA
They also incorporate the popular OSAFUNE GUNOME, taken up by the
AWATAGUCHI but popularized of the RYAKU-NIN powerhouse three: 

     HATAKEDA MORIIYE - OSAFUNE MITSUTADA - SABURO KUNIMUNE 

OSAFUNE: MITSUTADA's brilliant undulating GUNOME-CHOJI BA
is irresistibly infectious. Generations of workers proudly take their 
turns holding the same seats at the same table.

FUKUOKA: JUKA and OBUSA KAWAZU CHOJI-MIDARE BA
FUKUOKA pulls out all stops to grab and hold the prize

SOSHU: Stealing BIZEN's undulating GUNOME, they forge fantastic steel 
into fantastic structures. 
KAMAKURA's breakup sends SOSHU undulating GUNOME patterns out the 
HOKURIKU through the North and radiating with students, from SA's
CHIKUZEN, in all directions through the South. NAOTSUNA to the West.
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